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Title: Perceptions of Preparedness to Teach Primary School Physical Education: Transformative Learning in Generalist Pre-Service Teacher Education
Contributor(s): Freak, Annette  (author); Miller, Judith  (supervisor)orcid ; Haynes, John  (supervisor); Geake, John  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2011
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The research reported in this thesis is the outcome of investigating a recommendation from the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the Arts (1992) to improve the delivery and quality of school Physical Education in Australia. The recommendation called for a determination of national minimum course requirements in Physical Education for generalist teachers at primary level. One regional university responded with a curriculum innovation that increased opportunity for pre-service teachers to study tertiary Physical Education beyond minimum requirements. This investigation measured the degree to which pre-service generalist teachers' perceptions of preparedness to teach Primary School Physical Education (PE) were influenced by varying levels of study. A mixed method, cross-sectional research design was employed. Participants were volunteers who had completed one or more units of study in PE. Purposively selected survey respondents (n=400) engaged further in the study through in-depth interview (n=19). Instruments, namely a survey, a Visual Language Icon (VLI), and an interview schedule were developed to elicit aspects of participants' preparedness to teach, and contributors to those perceptions.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research Codes: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130103 Higher Education
Rights Statement: Copyright 2011 - Annette Freak
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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